Gregor Townsend announces updated Scotland squad of 42 players

England and France based players will not be available for opening Autumn Test against Tonga on 30th October

Scotland head coach Gregor Townsend has named his Autumn Rest series training squad. Image: © Craig Watson -
Scotland head coach Gregor Townsend has named his Autumn Rest series training squad. Image: © Craig Watson -

GREGOR TOWNSEND has updated his Scotland training squad ahead of the team’s Autumn Test series, with 42 players now involved.

England-based uncapped duo Ewan Ashman (Sale Sharks) and Josh Bayliss (Bath) are among the names added to the initial squad which was announced last Wednesday and attended a two-day camp on Monday and Tuesday of this week. England/France based Lions tourists Stuart Hogg, Duhan van der Merwe, Chris Harris, Fin Russell and Rory Sutherland have also been added to the squad, as have 39-times capped Matt Scott of Leicester Tigers and 12-times capped Sam Skinner of Exeter Chiefs. None of these players will be available to play against Tonga on 30th October as that game falls outside the international window.

Glasgow Warriors full-back Cole Forbes has dropped out of the squad, as have stand-off Charlie Savala, centres James Lang and Matt Currie (a member of the FOSROC Academy), and winger Jack Blain of Edinburgh.

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“It’s exciting to bring together a blend of highly experienced and uncapped players for our first week of the Autumn Nations Series campaign,” said Townsend.

“There have been some notable performances from both our home-based players and those at clubs outside of Scotland, which has enabled us as coaches to select a group which are playing well and will be motivated across the four games.

“We also feel that this the right time to bring in some younger players given their early season form. They have created opportunities for themselves to represent their country and we believe that they will thrive in the Test match environment.

“We face four tough matches in four weeks and Tonga, Australia, South Africa and Japan each present a different challenge and an opportunity to perform in front of our people at BT Murrayfield. It’s great to hear that we will now play Australia in front of a capacity crowd at BT Murrayfield, and it means a huge amount to the players to have this level of support.”

Autumn Nations Training Squad


  • Ewan Ashman – Sale Sharks – uncapped
  • Josh Bayliss – Bath Rugby – uncapped
  • Jamie Bhatti – Glasgow Warriors – 18 caps
  • Fraser Brown – Glasgow Warriors – 54 caps
  • Luke Crosbie – Edinburgh Rugby – uncapped
  • Rory Darge – Glasgow Warriors – uncapped
  • Matt Fagerson – Glasgow Warriors – 13 caps
  • Zander Fagerson – Glasgow Warriors – 38 caps
  • Grant Gilchrist – Edinburgh Rugby – 45 caps
  • Nick Haining – Edinburgh Rugby – 8 caps
  • Rob Harley – Glasgow Warriors – 22 caps
  • Jamie Hodgson – Edinburgh Rugby – uncapped
  • Oli Kebble – Glasgow Warriors – 8 caps
  • Murray McCallum – Glasgow Warriors – 3 caps
  • Stuart McInally – Edinburgh Rugby – 40 caps
  • Dylan Richardson – Cell C Sharks – uncapped
  • Jamie Ritchie – Edinburgh Rugby – 27 caps
  • Sam Skinner – Exeter Chiefs – 12 caps
  • Pierre Schoeman – Edinburgh Rugby – uncapped
  • Rory Sutherland – Worcester Warriors – 16 caps
  • Marshall Sykes – Edinburgh Rugby – uncapped
  • George Turner – Glasgow Warriors – 17 caps
  • Hamish Watson – Edinburgh Rugby – 41 caps


  • Mark Bennett – Edinburgh Rugby – 22 caps
  • Darcy Graham – Edinburgh Rugby – 19 caps
  • Jamie Dobie – Glasgow Warriors – uncapped
  • Chris Harris – Gloucester Rugby – 28 caps
  • Adam Hastings – Gloucester Rugby – 23 caps
  • Stuart Hogg – Exeter Chiefs – 85 caps
  • George Horne – Glasgow Warriors – 14 caps
  • Damien Hoyland – Edinburgh Rugby – 4 caps
  • Sam Johnson – Glasgow Warriors – 18 caps
  • Huw Jones – Harlequins – 31 caps
  • Blair Kinghorn – Edinburgh Rugby – 25 caps
  • Duhan van de Merwe – Worcester Warriors – 10 caps
  • Rufus McLean – Glasgow Warriors – uncapped
  • Ali Price – Glasgow Warriors – 42 caps
  • Finn Russell – Racing 92 – 55 caps
  • Matt Scott – Leicester Tigers – 39 caps
  • Kyle Steyn – Glasgow Warriors – 1 cap
  • Ross Thompson – Glasgow Warriors – uncapped
  • Sione Tuipulotu – Glasgow Warriors – uncapped

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  1. Harris is Toony’s number 1 at 13 and is a great defender but I cannot help getting excited for Johnston or Touipolutu at 12 and Jones at 13. Remember them dismantling England?

  2. Shame that Swinson missed put given his good form for Saracens of late. One would hope his barbarians misdemeanours didn’t count against him

    • I thought Swinson had announced his retirement from international duty some time back? In fact, wasn’t he completely retired before he joined Saracens? I agree he would be a useful option in the 2nd row though.

  3. I’d have thought Forbes would’ve started at 15 v Tonga. Looks like Kinghorn will take the FB role now.
    Very interesting to see if Darge starts v Tonga.
    Such a shame that Redpath injured. Good news is that Sam Johnson looking very good

  4. Good squad despite all the injuries. Looking forward to see how Kebble goes at tight head, and Tuipolutu is a genuinely exciting player. Only omissions to surprise me- Vellacott, Forbes & Thomas Gordon. Their absence demonstrates our strength in depth.

  5. There seem to be a lot of ommatidia ssions a number because of injury I imagine. These include, Cummings, J Gray, Toolis, Young and Craig all in the second row, Redpath and Lang in the centre and Bergman at prop. Other notable ommissions include Maitland, Steele, van der Walt, Hutchinson,, Cherry, Kerr,, Blade Thomson, Nel , Bradbury and Vellacott (what s his status?).
    The two inclusions that surprise me most are Hoyland and Harley. Disappointed that Currie hasn’t made the cut but his time will come. Not sure who will play fly half against Tonga – Kinghorn presumably since there are no other options.

  6. Cam Redpath I believe was due to be out beyond the rest of 2021 and was a doubt for the ‘22 six nations. I haven’t read anything else since.

    • I think it was best case December, worst case well into or beyond 6N. Doubt there’ll be any update until he’s ready to start training again.

  7. Good squad. Hutchinson left out again which I don’t understand. Any updates on Jonny Gray and Cam Redpath?

    • 13 is a very competitive position all of a sudden. Bennett back on form, Harris a British Lion, Tuipolotu new kid on the block, Jones rejuvenated at end of last season. That’s a hell of a crowded field.

      • I am continually hoping that Townsend will find a way of playing both Huw Jones and Harris in the starting 15. Jones after Hogg is our most dangerous attacker and Harris the best centre from a defence perspective..

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